Linear Periodization isn't "sexy" or cool, but more complicated isn't always better. Here's Dave Tate's explanation from his classic article, "The Periodization Bible:"

"The Western or linear method of periodization is the most practiced yet most misunderstood form of periodization used by lifters and coaches today. I was first introduced to the Western method from the NSCA journal and from the "workouts of the month" section in Powerlifting USA magazine. This method consists of a hypertrophy phase, basic strength phase, power phase, peak phase and a transition phase. Many times other terms will be used but the parameters are basically the same."


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